Although the Liberation of Palmyra, the great and historical city of Syria has been already announced, the operation still lingers on. Against the common belief, a major part of the battle is taking place in the suburbs of the city and the mountains. According to Russia Today, scores of corpses of ISIS fighters along with fires of oil and gas could be perceived in the bare lands around the city.
The mountain battle goes on while the diminished forces of ISIS are seeking to retreat in a way to have less victims. The operation is being done by pro-government Syrians allied by Russian forces. “ISIS Hunters”, the new group formed with the main task of liberating Palmyra, made startling advancements that was reflected by many reporters.
Lizzie Phelan, RT’s reporter in the region, describes the condition:
We’ve seen this whole area littered with scores of bodies of IS fighters. Many of them dismembered by artillery fire, but even more killed by gunshot wounds.
She also reports that the battle in some cases gets too close as to turn into a hand fight. The ISIS forces set fire on the gas and oil fields to inflict more damages to the city and impose economic destructions.
During the occupation, ISIS inflicted harsh damages to the city especially the economic and infrastructural centers like Hayyan Gas Plant which led to the blackout of a part of the country. Besides, the terrorist group destroyed a major part of the historical sites and monuments of the city “including the 1,800-year-old Monumental Arch of Palmyra, most of the Temple of Bel, and the Temple of Baalshamin and the Tetrapylon Roman theater” as RT confirms.
Talal al-Barazi, the governor of Homs, told the RT reporter that their team is analyzing and gauging the damages to the city so as to start reconstructing the main infrastructure to have the citizens back to their cities once it is wiped fully out of the terrorists.
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